Anemochory (plus giveaway)

I am so glad you all are indulging me and letting me bring my early patterns back out.  Anemochory are just too lovely to keep tucked away any longer!

anemochory b smallYou know how, when you’re new at something, you don’t have the good sense to know what’s going to be hard, so you just sort of dive in to all sorts of things?  That was totally what happened with these.

anemochory a smallKnitting them wasn’t hard, but writing them down proved challenging for 2010 me.  Luckily, I’ve had some practice at this sock writing thing between now and then, and 2015 me had no trouble with it.  I even worked in a few extra sizes (because socks this swoopy should be available to everyone).

anemochory e smallI suspect I may need to play with arches like this next time I cast on for a new pair of socks.  They really are unreasonably fetching (and they feel awfully nice on your feet, too)!

anemochory c smallThese socks are made with a lovely sock yarn by Hazel Knits (always a fabulous choice).  And while I don’t have this particular color to give away, I do happen to have a skein of Hazel Knits in a lovely orange (I can’t find a color name on the label, but it’s somewhere between Braeburn and Heirloom) to send home with one of you.  Just leave me a comment telling me how you feel about arch shaping on socks to be entered to win.  (Love it, not for you, not tried it yet but want to, maybe a bit scared?  There’s no wrong answer.  I just want to know if my fascination is shared!)

And while I can’t send yarn to everyone, I can give everyone a discount.  Just use the code SWOOP to get a dollar the price between now and Friday.  Just put Anemochory in your ravelry cart, click on the ‘use a coupon code’ button, and type in the code SWOOP.  You’ll see the change in price reflected right away.

anemochory f smallComments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, October 2, 2015 will be entered to win.  I’ll pick a winner, contact them to get their addresses, and arrange to send yarn their way.  Be sure to use a real email address so I can contact you if you’ve won (I won’t do anything with those email addresses besides notify the winner).  If I do email you, I need to hear back from you within 72 hours or I will pick a new winner and contact them.  Sorry, but I can only ship physical prizes to US addresses.

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Yes, yes  the obsession continues.  No, I am not sorry.  I’m also not done, so there are going to be at least a few more of these.

rainbow curl 4But, in the interest of being useful, I’ll answer a few questions.  Yes, it’s skinny pencil roving (about sport weight maybe?  I’m knitting on 4s.).  No, I’d never seen it before either, but I’m fond of it.  No, I don’t know where to find this exact stuff (I got it at Rhinebeck, three years ago, at a jewelry stand that just happened to have this one kind of yarn), but if you search etsy for pencil roving, you’ll find something similar.  Yes, it does pull apart if you sneeze on it too hard, and yes you’ll want to keep a very light touch.  But, once it’s knit up, it’s surprisingly sturdy.

But don’t worry, it’s not all rainbows all the time.  We’ll be back to your more traditional sock stylings tomorrow.  Anemochory is coming back out (be sure you’re on the mailing list if you want a heads up and a coupon when they do) and they are totally rainbow free.

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Signs of Life

I have done a thorough investigation and can now confidently say that being sick sucks.  Refusing to lay down and rest so as to get better seems to prolong being sick.  Doing even more stuff than usual because you’re busy and things need to get done seems to actually make it worse.  Despite my very best efforts, I appear not to be able to will this germ away and have had to actually lay down and rest as opposed to saying I will lay down and rest and completely neglecting to do so.  I really don’t think this is fair and would like to lodge a complaint with the appropriate authority.  Please do let me know if you find contact information for said authority.

I have actually managed to get a fair bit of knitting done (while resting…in bed…under blankets…with hot tea and other strengthening medicines ready to hand).  Heather’s sock is clicking away (I’m past the tricky point and it now also qualifies as easy knitting) and needs only an inch or two of foot plus a toe to be finished.  The zombie sock is also going well and I continue to be unreasonable smitten with it given that it is such a simple little thing.  It’s made with Creatively Dyed Yarn’s Luxury in Weston.  I picked it up in Pittsburgh back in February.  Amazingly enough, when these are finished I will have used all the yarn in that photo.  The top one turned into Diluvian, the purplish-gray one turned into Peregrinate, the pink one turned into Anemochory, and the last one is on the needles.  This is almost unheard of.  It seems I generally like to let yarn marinate in my stash for a year or two before deciding to bring it out and use it.

And thanks to everyone for your thoughts on the camera/ipad/wheel decision.  I have a feeling I’ll get the camera first, as it is more or less a reasonable business expense and will be useful for future big projects.  The wheel and ipad are more toys and alas, will have to wait.

Imagine

So I apparently really need to paint my back stairs.  Until I do, we’ll just have to pretend they make a fetching backdrop for sock pictures. As for the socks themselves, they’re not quite this pink in real life.  The sun was setting and the light was a bit funny.  I’m not cool enough to correct it.  Imagine them a wee bit more purple.  You can also try and imagine what my neighbor thought when she came outside to mow her lawn and found me, sitting on the porch in a pajama shirt and jeans, feet held at an unnatural angle, with The Boy crouching over me taking pictures of my socks.  Some day I might explain, but for now I’m enjoying the mystery.

Proof

Proof I’m here, proof I’m knitting, and (alas) proof that my yard is a bit shaggy.

These are made with the lovely Hedonist Sock, which is a marvelous merino cashmere nylon mix.  I’ve used this blend of materials before (in Brigid, Graupel, and Slant) and always enjoy it.  It’s very comfortable to work with and seems to hold up well even after repeated washings.

The blend does pose just a bit of a challenge to design with though.  It tends to be…soft.  I don’t mean soft to the touch (though it certainly is that), but soft as in the opposite of crisp.  I’ve found that m/c/n yarns often have just the slightest hint of fuzziness about them, sort of a subtle halo.  This means that both very lacy patterns and intricate cables tend to get a bit lost.  Textural patterns, on the other hand, show up marvelously.  These take full advantage of this characteristic.  As soon as it dries out a bit, I’ll try and take a picture of them on my feet.  For now, the blocker will have to do.

P.S.  These are now up for testers if anyone is itching to make them right now.